Arthur Ashe Essay Contest

Arthur Ashe was an American hero, fighting battles on and off the court. In his life, he broke barriers in the tennis world, becoming a three-time Grand Slam champion and the first African-American male to win a Grand Slam tournament.

Off the court, he was a social activist, taking on issues like racial prejudice, AIDS, apartheid and youth education. One of his many legacies is the National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL), a network of youth-serving organizations that provides tennis and education for all. His wish was for NJTL to be a resource for kids to develop skills for leadership and academic excellence.  SPUT is an award-winning NJTL chapter in MN!

As a National Junior Tennis & Learning Chapter, SPUT kids have an opportunity to compete in this national essay contest with local, sectional, and national award opportunities.  The top prize is a trip to Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the US Open in New York City!

2015 Question: Charlie Pasarell is one of the Founders of National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL). NJTL has impacted millions of kids throughout the country over the past 46 years. The game of tennis serves as a mechanism to break down barriers and bring people of diverse backgrounds together. This was true in Charlie Pasarell’s and Arthur Ashe’s era, and still holds true today. So we ask:

Who is a local NJTL hero in your community that resembles what Mr. Pasarell has done through NJTL?

Click Here for more information about Mr. Pasarell.

You can still turn in written essays. They must reach SPUT by June 25.  Entries can be mailed in,  turned into your coach, or dropped at the SPUT office.
For additional details on this contest and the National Junior Tennis & Learning program, visit